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Adobe Kills Flash Support for Mobile Platform, Includes Android and RIM Devices

When it comes to a debate regarding which mobile operating system is better between the iOS and Android, someone is bound to put up an argument that would probably go, "but Android has Flash Support". This is behind the reasoning that majority of the media content that's found on the Internet is flash based. But now in an official statement, somehow unexpectedly, Adobe decided to kill Flash support for mobile devices including Android and RIM devices.

Flash (Frash) on iPhone
So what does this mean? Well this implies that Adobe will still continue to support existing flash users and devices. This basically means that Adobe will cease Flash development on new devices or new operating system versions from here on. Adobe will still provide bug fixes, enhancements and security updates to existing mobile devices that uses Flash. Adobe will now instead focus their mobile development with HTML5, to which the company acknowledged as the "best solution for creating and deploying content in the browser across mobile platforms".

From Adobe's Official Blog:

HTML5 is now universally supported on major mobile devices, in some cases exclusively. This makes HTML5 the best solution for creating and deploying content in the browser across mobile platforms. We are excited about this, and will continue our work with key players in the HTML community, including Google, Apple, Microsoft and RIM, to drive HTML5 innovation they can use to advance their mobile browsers.

If anyone can recall, one of most prominent person in the tech world that was opposed to Flash being implemented on the mobile devices is the late Steve Jobs. As you already know, Flash was never implemented on the iOS platform. Steve Jobs cited several reasons why he refuses to adapt Flash on the iOS such as having issues with reliability and security, being a resource hog and battery drain, not being very "touch" friendly and so on. Basically according to Jobs, Flash is an outdated technology and was never meant for mobile devices. Steve Jobs called it first that new open standards such as HTML5 will win on the mobile platform.

And it seems that Jobs' prediction really came into place. Well that's not saying that Apple was right for not including Flash on the iOS. One can also conclude that Apple was able to force their point of view with the help of their dominant position in the mobile industry. Not that it’s a bad thing, but one would wonder if things went the way it did if Apple's market share were lesser than it is now? The iOS App Store was able to house hundreds of thousands of apps without Flash. As an iOS device user, I don't really feel like missing out by not being able to access Flash content. Maybe it is indeed time to move on from past.

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